Saskatchewan's Labour Movement celebrates National Aboriginal Day, calls for Reconciliation

 

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June 19, 2015

 

SASKATCHEWAN’S LABOUR MOVEMENT CELEBRATES NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY, CALLS FOR RECONCILIATION

                                                                                                                                                                         

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is joining with First Nations and Aboriginal communities to celebrate National Aboriginal Day (NAD). NAD takes place on June 21; it is a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Saskatchewan and across Canada.

 

“First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people are so vital to the make-up of what we call Canada, and they are fundamental to our collective story here in Saskatchewan,” said SFL president, Larry Hubich, “they are also central to the work we do at the SFL. Aboriginal leaders are active in their unions making life better for all workers, and we continue to do the outreach and partnership-building that will lead to an even stronger Labour Movement,” he added.

 

While celebrating the heritage, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal peoples, NAD is also an opportunity to focus on righting many historical wrongs. Earlier this month the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its report and recommendations, including 94 calls to actions for Canadians and their governments. The SFL urges all of us to work towards honouring those calls to action.

 

“Whether we are talking about child welfare, education, or health there are lots of things our provincial governments and federal government can be doing to work towards reconciliation in good faith,” said Hubich, “I would like to take National Aboriginal Day to respectfully call upon Premier Brad Wall and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to do everything they can to respect and fulfill the recommendations of the Commission,” he added.

 

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The SFL represents over 100,000 working people across the province in 37 affiliated unions.

 

For additional information, contact:

 

Kent Peterson

Strategic Advisor

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

o: 1 (306) 525-0197

m: 1 (306) 570-1855

e: k.peterson@sfl.sk.ca

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